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"Eureka!" In an age of open-mindedness, many believers settle for an excessive amount of with too little discernment, leading to nice confusion and compromise. yet God's notice makes it transparent that now not every little thing that glitters is gold. fake educating is at each flip, and the temptation to include it's nice. As God's humans we're referred to as to sift throughout the overwhelming variety of traditions and traits and use the reality of Scripture to figure out that are the real treasures-and that are "fool's gold." basic editor John MacArthur and the individuals of this uncompromising publication outline the foundations of biblical discernment and use them to handle a number of modern Christian matters. They supply trouble-free, biblical opinions of a few well known yet unlucky Christian developments, reminiscent of watered-down preaching and doctrinally questionable best-selling books. Dr. MacArthur ends with a realistic plan for cultivating discernment within the Christian existence. it's the responsibility of each Christian-not simply pastors and elders-to keep on with the biblical command to grasp to what's stable and to reject what's no longer. This e-book will equip you with a beginning for biblical discernment that would help you make cautious differences on your considering fact.
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3 Indeed, if the words of prophets in apostolic times needed to be examined and evaluated, then surely we ought to subject the words of self-proclaimed “prophets” and preachers today to even more intense scrutiny in the bright light of the completed New Testament. The same is true of every subjective experience and every emotion. Experience and feelings—no matter how powerful—do not determine what is true. Rather, those things themselves must be subjected to the test. “That which is good” is truth that accords with God’s Word.
The preacher who always aims at meeting felt needs and strokes the conceit of worldly people has no platform from which to confront the man who wants to divorce his wife without cause. The man will say, “You don’t understand what I feel. I came here because you promised to meet my felt needs. ” You can’t inject biblical authority into that. You certainly wouldn’t have an easy time pursuing church discipline. That is the monster that superficial preaching creates. But if you are going to try to deal with sin and apply any kind of authoritative principle to keep the church pure, you must be preaching the Word.
Jacob learned humility, being forced to trust God, in one night while wrestling with an angel. This was preceded by fourteen years of working for Laban (Gen 32:24-30). Joseph was imprisoned for two full years before he was exalted to a high position in Egypt (Gen 41:1, 43). The apostle Paul’s life was transformed in 52 F O O L ’ S G O L D ? just a few minutes on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). And the list could go on and on. Rather than teaching that “whenever God wanted to prepare someone for his purposes, he took 40 days,” it is more accurate to say that sometimes God took 40 days, but not all the time, and not even most of the time.